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Many students gathered in a auditorium
Students listening during or Welcome Session.
Photo: Johan Wingborg

Introduction Days

In your first days in Gothenburg, there will be lots to do and absorb. This page provides information about activities for newly arrived students that are held at the start of the semester. The University Welcome Programme, social activities arranged by student buddies and student associations. There is also quite a lot of administrative tasks you need to take care of as a new student.

Welcome Programme

The International Student Welcome Programme is held at the beginning of each semester. The programme of events and activities provides international students with practical information about the University and living in Gothenburg. It is also a perfect opportunity to meet other international students and Student Buddies from all over the world.

Autumn semester 2021 the Welcome Programme will take place in week 34. More information about it will be posted here at the end of spring semester (May/June)

Welcome services, together with numerous student buddies, usually organise a pick-up service from Landvetter airport (GOT), the central station, and the ferry terminals. International students arriving on the specific Arrival Days can sign up for free pick-up.

Spring semester 2021
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are unable to offer the pick-up service. If you're staying in SGS housing, we recommend that you check their opening hours and plan your arrival accordingly, as they have your keys. If you arrive outside SGS office hours you can contact a friend or the Student Buddies at your student union to see if they can pick-up the keys on your behalf. 

Student Buddies

We welcome our new international students to the University and to Gothenburg. Following a welcome speech, we introduce you to important University services and support functions, and current international students will share their experiences studying here. The aim of the day is to make you feel both welcome and better prepared for your studies ahead.

Welcome Day spring semester 2021
Welcome Day took place online on the 19 January. If you missed it we have the possibility to send you the presentation slides. Email us at on and we will get in contact with you

The Welcome Fair is organised to make students meet student union representatives, student associations as well as other exhibitors who answers questions about studying, and living in Gothenburg. To join an organisation is a great way to become familiar with the University and Gothenburg. 

Welcome Fair spring semester 2021
The Welcome Fair took take place online in Zoom, on 21 January.
For students who missed the fair we have created an email with information about the exhibitors and their contact details. 
Email us at and we will send you the email.

Faculty organised welcome activities

Some faculties at the University also arrange activities for their students at the start of the semester. Individual programmes might also arrange orientation or introduction events. They will contact you via e-mail if that is the case.

Social events

The Student Buddies organise plenty of activities both at the start and throughout the semester in order to help international students settle in and meet fellow students. You can contact them if you need more information about student life in Gothenburg or if you want to know more about the different activities arranged for you.

Unimeet Gothenburg events

These events aim to welcome all new international students to the city of Gothenburg. They are designed to make you discover and experience the city while getting to know other students. Unimeet Gothenburg is a collaboration between the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers and the Trade and Industry Group at Göteborg & Co.